Asus 5850 TOP Review

ASUS 5850 TOP Up Close


The 5850 TOP Up Close

The first thing that strikes you, apart from the racing stripes, is that this isn't a full length cooler. This is something we're always concerned about as the heat is expelled into the case and the less of that the better. With a good sized case and decent airflow this isn't a major problem, but with graphics cards just situated under the processor and heat rising any degree is one we could do without.

The rear view gives us our first glimpse of the huge heatpipes and how well laid out the board is.

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Unlike the standard reference design ASUS' DirectCU cooler has a large amount of fins, two big heatpipes and a very large fan that should dissipate the heat far more efficiently than the standard one, and with the the size of the fan hopefully much quieter too.

Despite the size it's still well within a double-card depth, and has a nice little ASUS logo on the side, to go along with the one on the fan, and the one on the cooler shroud, and the one on the board. Nobody will be in any doubt about who makes this when it's in your show case.

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Finally we have the three outputs on the rear of the HD5850 Top. One DVI-D, one HDMI and one DisplayPort, providing Eyefinity compatibility right out the box without needing adaptors. 

One of the things the pictures don't do full justice too is how solid this thing feels. This is definitely a well built piece of kit.

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Most Recent Comments

09-04-2010, 06:27:08

grammer error on the dirt 2 introQuote

09-04-2010, 08:41:27

Spelling mistake..... AMDQuote

09-04-2010, 08:58:25

There's an error on the Dirt2 graph labels. I think 'Top Stock' and 'OC Ref' are the wrong way around - according to the description you gave.Quote

09-04-2010, 10:09:29

Originally Posted by name='Msm2'
Spelling mistake..... AMD
alryt my badQuote

09-04-2010, 12:38:54

Glad you boys pay attention. Helps us feel good about our work.

Graph key on Dirt2 graph was backwards. Fixed. So words are right, graph is right, key was wrong.


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